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There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Barcelona each year. The main ones are listed below.

January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday)

January 5: Cavalcada dels Reis Mags (celebrated nationwide)

For this tradition held on the eve of Epiphany, a procession of colourfully decorated floats is accompanied by boisterous music, through the streets of Barcelona, distributing sweets to children.

January 6: Epiphany (Día dels Reis) (national holiday)

This is an especially important day of the year for Spanish children, since it is on Epiphany (and not Christmas) that they receive their gifts. The holiday is celebrated quietly with family members.

One week before Easter: Holy Week (Semana santa) (national holiday)

Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday and ends with the Easter Vigil, is an important time in Barcelona. Numerous celebrations and services include huge processions in the narrow streets of the old city before arriving at Barcelona's Gothic cathedral.

April 23: Feast of Sant Jordi (regional event)

Similar to Valentine's Day, the feast day of Catalonia's patron saint sees men and boys offering single red roses to their wives, mothers and girlfriends. The latter offer books in return, in tribute to the great writer Cervantes, who died on this day in 1616. All of the city's main thoroughfares are filled with people, and flower and book stalls are spread out as far as the eye can see.

May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)

August 15–21: Festa Major de Gràcia (local event)

This annual festival in the old district of Gràcia is the biggest and most spectacular in Barcelona, with live music, dancing, traditional food and drinks, and “castells”, Catalonia's famous and awe-inspiring human towers.

Around September 24: La Mercè (local event)

For this annual festival in honour of Our Lady of Mercy, Barcelona's patron saint, the program includes several days of festivities withparades of giants, demons and other fantastic creatures, stalls offering regional foods, fireworks set to music and Catalan folk dancing.

October 12: Spanish National Day (Día de la Hispanidad, national holiday)

Spain's national day commemorates the discovery of America by Christopher Columbus in 1492. The anniversary is marked with a host of festivities, including street parties and a fireworks display over the Plaça de Catalunya.

December 25: Christmas (national holiday)

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Barcelona has a Mediterranean climate and enjoys a great deal of sunshine. Summers are hot, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C (86°F). Barcelona's weather is less dry than that of southern Spain. It rains rather frequently in September and October. Winters are mild, with occasional snowfall.

Month Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°) Average Rains (MM) Best Time to Travel
January 4/39 12/54 41/1.6 Not the best period to go
February 5/41 13/55 29/1.1 Not the best period to go
March 6/43 15/59 41/1.6 Not the best period to go
April 8/46 16/61 49/1.9 Good period to go Good period to go
May 11/52 20/68 59/2.3 Good period to go Good period to go
June 15/59 23/73 40/1.5 Good period to go Good period to go
July 18/64 27/81 29/1.1 Good period to go Good period to go
August 19/66 27/81 61/2.4 Good period to go Good period to go
September 16/61 25/77 81/3.2 Good period to go Good period to go
October 12/54 21/70 91/3.6 Good period to go Good period to go
November 7/45 16/61 62/2.4 Not the best period to go
December 5/41 13/55 49/1.9 Not the best period to go
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Barcelona El Prat International Airport

The Barcelona El Prat International Airport is located about 12 kilometres (8 miles) south-west of the city centre.

  • Two terminals:
    • Terminal 1 (Air France)
    • Terminal 2

Getting from the airport to Barcelona and back:
  • By car
    • Accessible via the C-31 and the C-32B motorways.
    • Short- and long-term parking facilities are available in the Terminals T1, T2A, T2B and T2C.
    • Several car rental companies have counters outside baggage claim in Terminal 1 and in the main lobby of Terminal 2B.
  • By rail
    • Spanish train RENFE between the airport and the city centre. One train every 30 minutes for a 25-minute ride. A one-way ticket costs EUR 4.60.
  • Shuttle
    • Two express bus routes connect both terminals with the city centre. Buses leave every 15 minutes at peak times. The fare is EUR 5.90 each way.
  • Bus
    • The bus line 46 connects the airport to the city centre from 5 a.m. to 12:15 a.m. The fare is EUR 2.40 each way.
    • N17 Night bus runs from 9:55 p.m. to 4:45 a.m. The fare is EUR 2.40 each way.
  • By taxi
    • There are taxi ranks outside the arrivals hall at each terminal. The trip to the city centre takes about 25 minutes and costs around EUR 35.

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Barcelona offers excellent public transport options. The city's Metro system and buses can get you almost anywhere you need to go, and run late into the evening. If your destination is not served by the Metro or buses, taxis are readily available and relatively inexpensive.


Barcelona's Metro (https://www.tmb.cat/en/home) is easy to use and serves all the city's major landmarks. The trains are also air-conditioned, which is especially nice in the summer. It runs from 5 am to midnight, Monday to Thursday, Sunday and on holidays. On Friday and on the eve of holidays, it runs from 5 am to 2 am, and all night long on Saturday. A one-way ticket costs EUR 2.40.

Useful tips: If you expect to use the system for more than five rides during your stay, the “T-casual” travel card is the best option. It is valid for 10 rides and costs EUR 11.35 (within one zone).

City Pass

This Barcelona Card is the city's official visitor card, designed to save you time and money during your stay. The card offers unlimited travel on public transport (subway, buses, trams), plus free and fast-track entry to museums and art galleries. A 3-day card costs EUR 46 (EUR 22 for children aged 4 to 12). For further information, please visit

By bus

Barcelona's bus network (https://www.tmb.cat/en/home)
offers extensive coverage of the city, with more than 80 routes. Most of these buses run every few minutes from 5:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., and even on Sunday. NitBus then operates a night bus service. Two other tourist bus companies complete the network and cover various famous points of interest. EUR 2.40 for a single ticket.

By tram

Barcelona's tram network (https://www.tram.cat/en) combines a total of six lines and 56 stops, and provides easy and fast access to parts of the city underserved by the Metro. The lines extend into several nearby municipalities (L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Esplugues de Llobregat, Cornellà de Llobregat, Sant Joan Despí...). A single ticket costs EUR 2.40 (including transfers between trams within a time limit of 30 minutes). Books of 10 tickets cost from EUR 11.35 (1 zone) to EUR 47.90 (6 zones), and daily passes range from EUR 10.50 to EUR 28.15 (valid until end of service). Barcelona's trams operate:

  • Monday to Thursday from 5 a.m. to midnight
  • Friday, Saturday and eves of public holidays from 5 a.m. to 2 a.m.
  • Sunday from 5 a.m. to midnight

By taxi

Barcelona's official taxis are plentiful throughout the city. They are fairly cheap (average fare downtown is about EUR 10 to EUR 15).Their black-and-yellow livery makes them easy to spot.

By car

Although the city's road infrastructure is excellent, getting around Barcelona by car is not a good idea. Parking can quickly become a nightmare. It is true that there are many garages in the city, but they are often full or have only a limited number of spaces available.

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Visitor information

Upon your arrival in Barcelona, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organise your stay.

Turisme de Barcelona

Offers practical information and useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).

Tourist information offices and kiosks

Turisme de Barcelona operates a number of other offices and kiosks throughout the city, offering information and recommendations for visiting Barcelona and its surrounding area. The main addresses for these offices are listed below:

  • Plaça Sant Jaume: Plaça Sant Jaume
  • Mirador de Colom: Plaça Portal de la Pau s/n
  • Cabina Espanya: Plaça d'Espanya / Avenida Maria Cristina
  • Cabina Sagrada Família: Plaça de la Sagrada Família

Further information available online for visitors to Spain

The website maintained by Instituto de Turismo de España (Turespaña), Spain's official destination marketing authority, provides a wealth of information on Barcelona.

Website: https://www.spain.info/en/

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Currency and Exchange Rates

Spanish currency is the Euro (EUR).

R$ 1 = € 0,16

€ 1 = R$ 6,25

The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.

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Medical information

In order to travel in the best conditions and for your health and safety, we invite you to check all information regarding preventive measures and best practices to be respected, available on the official website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:https://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/country-files/

Your comfort, well-being and health are at the heart of Air France's concerns, and we want to help you prepare for your trip in the best way possible. Find out more about the measures taken to ensure safe travelling on our website: https://www.airfrance.fr/FR/en/common/page_flottante/information/coronavirus.htm#notre-engagement-sanitaire
See your doctor before you travel. It is also recommended to take out insurance covering medical expenses and repatriation before your trip. Barcelona counts several hospitals and medical institutions, as well as quality medical practitioners and health specialists.


There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to Spain.

For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:


Tap water is safe to drink in Barcelona.

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Administrative formalities

For stays of less than three months, travellers from the Schengen area, as well as those from the countries of the European Union not included in the area, only need to be in possession of a national identity card or a passport valid for the duration of their stay. As a general rule, travellers from all other countries are subject to visa requirements, although foreign nationals from certain countries may enter Spain for up to 90 days for tourism or business purposes. For further information, visit the website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs:


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Useful addresses

To enjoy peace of mind during your stay in Spain, visit the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country.

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Essential phrases

Here are a few basic Spanish phrases that will make your stay in Barcelona a little easier:

Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: ¡ Buenos días ! (morning) / ¡ Buenas tardes ! (afternoon) Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: <em>¡ Buenos días ! (morning) / ¡ Buenas tardes ! (afternoon)</em>

Good evening: Buenas noches Good evening: <em>Buenas noches</em>

Goodbye: Adiós Goodbye: <em>Adiós</em>

Yes: Yes: <em>Sí</em>

No: No No: <em>No</em>

No, thank you: No, gracias No, thank you: <em>No, gracias</em>

Thank you very much: Muchas gracias Thank you very much: <em>Muchas gracias</em>

Please: Por favor Please: <em>Por favor</em>

I don't understand: No entiendo I don't understand: <em>No entiendo</em>

Could you repeat ?: ¿ Puede repetir ? Could you repeat ?: <em>¿ Puede repetir ?</em>

What time is it?: ¿ Que hora es ? What time is it?: <em>¿ Que hora es ?</em>

Sorry: Disculpe (to say sorry)
Excuse me: Con permiso (to get past) / ¡ Por favor ! (to get attention). Sorry: <em>Disculpe (to say sorry)</em><br />
Excuse me: <em>Con permiso (to get past) / ¡ Por favor ! (to get attention).</em>

Airport: Aeropuerto Airport: <em>Aeropuerto</em>

Train station: Estación de trenes Train station: <em>Estación de trenes</em>

Taxi: Taxi Taxi: <em>Taxi</em>

Hotel: Hotel Hotel: <em>Hotel</em>

Hospital: Hospital Hospital: <em>Hospital</em>

Bank: Banco Bank: <em>Banco</em>

Telephone: Teléfono Telephone: <em>Teléfono</em>

I'm (…): Yo soy (…) I'm (…): <em>Yo soy (…)</em>

I'm looking for (…): Estoy buscando (…) I'm looking for (…): <em>Estoy buscando (…)</em>

How much is (…)?: ¿ Cuál es el precio de (…) ? /¿ Cuánto es ? How much is (…)?: <em>¿ Cuál es el precio de (…) ? /¿ Cuánto es ?</em>

Do you have (…)?: ¿ Tiene (…) ? Do you have (…)?: <em>¿ Tiene (…) ?</em>

Where can I find (…)?: ¿ Dónde puedo encontrar (…) ? Where can I find (…)?: <em>¿ Dónde puedo encontrar (…) ?</em>

Where can I buy (…)?: ¿ Dónde puedo comprar (…) ? Where can I buy (…)?: <em>¿ Dónde puedo comprar (…) ?</em>

I'd like (…): Quisiera (…). I'd like (…): <em>Quisiera (…).</em>

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Good to know

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4 : 00
of time difference with
Sao Paulo
Start of daylight saving time> last Sunday in March

End of daylight saving time> last Sunday in October

Usually open Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Government Offices
Usually open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
230 V / 50 Hz

In Barcelona like elsewhere in Spain, tipping is not expected. In principle, the service charge is included in the bill. But if you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly round up the bill or leave a few extra euros on the table.

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